General Manager Jill Lajdziak seeks an eco-friendly image for Saturn. PHOTO: JOE WILSSENS
The first, a version of the Saturn Vue SUV, will have a fuel-saving starter/generator, says Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak.
It will go on sale next summer as a 2007 model, Lajdziak said.
The starter/generator system will save fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle stops.
"Environmental friendliness has been a core value of Saturn and will be an important part of its future," she said last week at the Management Briefing Seminars here.
Green Line Saturns contrast with the brand's higher-performance offerings, marketed as the Red Line Ion and Red Line Vue.
Lajdziak would not name the other Green Line vehicles.
Saturn also will introduce a sport wagon, the Outlook, for the 2007 model year.
The Outlook will hold up to eight passengers in three rows and will have the interior space of a full-sized SUV, Lajdziak said.
The vehicle will use General Motors' Lambda architecture, which can be set up for front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
A mid-sized sedan that arrives next summer will retain the Aura name used on the 2005 concept car.
Those vehicles, along with the Sky roadster that arrives in showrooms early next year, Lajdziak said, will give Saturn the right products to accompany the brand's success in marketing and delivering a pleasant retail experience.
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